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Can't Restore Staging Version of Database (from production backup) on Same Server 2012

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I'm having a heck of a time.  I made a backup of my production DB in the hopes of refreshing my staging copy that lives on the same server.  No matter what I do I keep getting an error that the DB is in use (the one I'm restoring to).  I've tried deleting the staging DB, recreating an "empty" one and then doing the restore.  I've tried changing the name of the files it's getting restored to.  I tried NOT deleting it first.  Further, it's only something I've started to encounter on 2012 server.  Previously I never had this issue.

I know I'm doing something simple and quite stupid wrong but I just don't know what.

Please HELP!!!
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by:Aaron Shilo
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hi

1. restart the sql server service.
2. delete the staging db
3. restore the db, make sure that the file your about to restore dont already exist in the destination.
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by:Surendra Nath
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if you are using SQL Server 2012... and using the restore wizard...

you have option in the wizard (in the options tab), to close the existing connections to the database checkbox, tick this checkbox and click ok.

I faced this issue once and it got resolved by doing this.
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Actually, it turned out to be the "take tail log backup before restore" option.  As soon as I flipped that off, it worked no problem.

Thanks for the feedback though.
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by:cat4larry
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I solved the problem myself.  I had to turn the "take tail-log backup before restore" option off and then the DB restored without issue.
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